Endovascular covered stent treatment for descending aorta pseudoaneurysm following coarctation of the aorta repair in an infant

Heart Lung Circ. 2010 Dec;19(12):745-8. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2010.06.1058. Epub 2010 Aug 25.


The development of a pseudoaneurysm is a rare complication following repair of a coarctation of the aorta. Surgical management of pseudoaneurysms is associated with high morbidity and mortality. We describe the successful endovascular deployment of a covered stent in a sick infant with a descending aorta pseudoaneurysm, following the repair of an aortic coarctation. We highlight the challenges we encountered. Endovascular repair is a safe palliative alternative to re-do open surgery in unstable infants with large pseudoaneurysms following aortic coarctation repair. The role of endovascular stents as the final definitive therapy will remain limited by the deployable, small-size stents in small, growing children.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aneurysm, False / diagnostic imaging
  • Aneurysm, False / surgery*
  • Aorta, Thoracic / surgery
  • Aortic Coarctation / surgery*
  • Catheterization*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging
  • Postoperative Complications / surgery*
  • Radiography
  • Stents*